Articles by Peter Kellner

What a difference a month makes. Five weeks ago I discussed Ed Miliband’s weak poll ratings. Now, following a run of effective performances at Prime Minister’s Question Time and his sure-footed handling of the hacking crisis, there are clear signs that his ratings have picked up. However, this is not ...
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As the story surrounding News International continues, President of YouGov Peter Kellner considers our most recent results on the controversy Ed Miliband was right to say the public opposed the News Corporation’s plans to take full control of BskyB. Only 9% of voters think the takeover should be allowed; 70% ...
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Through the 1990s, here as well as in America, it was ‘the economy, stupid’ that decided elections. Then, during the balmy years of rapid growth, falling unemployment and low inflation, we were told that values matter most. We wanted things that take-home pay could not buy: less crime, fewer immigrants ...
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The unions are edging ahead in the pensions battle, while the majority of Brits would stop armed forces, police officers and doctors from striking, our latest Sunday Times poll reveals If Danny Alexander, the Chief Secretary to the Treasury, hopes to have public opinion on his side in his battle ...
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How much trouble is Ed Miliband in? The lead story in yesterday’s Sunday Times reported some grim findings from YouGov’s latest survey: that most voters think he is ineffective; they don’t know what he stands for; and David Miliband would have been a better Labour leader. Other recent YouGov data ...
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Peter Kellner explains how the Coalition has managed to avoid the worst of the public's blame when it comes to the economy's still-bleak prognosis The latest edition of The Observer reports that many economists think the Government will fail to achieve its economic strategy of reducing government borrowing sharply, but ...
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Peter Kellner explains how today's leaders can learn much from previous election results...even if they seem to bear no resemblance to current events For executives in a high-tech medium, television channel controllers seem strangely fond of tradition; and never more so than on bank holidays. These used to be occasions ...
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This week David Cameron relaunched the Big Society – again. Before reporting YouGov’s latest findings, and in order to forestall the charge that what follows is an anti-government rant, I should make clear that I think the Prime Minister’s idea is a good one. It must be healthy to engage ...
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On 16 September 1992, Britain crashed out of Europe’s Exchange Rate Mechanism. The day quickly became known as ‘Black Wednesday’, as it signalled the end of the Conservative Party’s reputation for economic competence. Will Alistair Darling’s Budget last week inflict the same terminal damage on Labour? YouGov’s two post-Budget polls, ...
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Peter Kellner is a journalist, political commentator, and President of YouGov. See Peter's full bio